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14 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 By Ginny Mumm A mber Bowie has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. While she was in college, she made and sold her own line of jewelry. So, when her youngest daughter, Mackenzie, was born with a congenital heart defect, Bowie decided to start a business that would allow her to stay home with her girls. In 2015, she launched Mackenzie Madison of Philadelphia (MMof, offering handcrafted children's clothing and specializing in Mommy & Me outfits. During COVID, she added MM & Co Print Shop – an offshoot business sell- ing custom and personalized T-shirts and stickers online and through boutiques. Amber shares her experience being a "mompreneur," the benefits of adding print production capability, info on her popular online videos, and new directions she's considering for her businesses. You were already a successful business owner, what made you decide to add print production? AB: MM & Co Print Shop is a natural extension of my chil- dren's clothing boutique, Mackenzie Madison of Philadelphia. Being a "mompreneur" while at home with my girls allows me to brainstorm the type of business I want to start and then dive right in! MM & Co. Print Shop came about in 2020 during COVID. I shared my T-shirts and decal creations on TikTok, and they were well received. What products do you sell through MM & Co Print Shop? We offer logos, decals, cup wraps, stickers, pattern vinyl, and HTV transfers. One of our top sellers, and a favorite to make, is our kids' Black historians T-shirt, offered through our children's clothing brand, MMof Where are your products sold? Our products are sold mostly online, through our website and Etsy shop. We also sell wholesale to boutiques through- out the U.S. and Canada. In addition, we attend a few craft shows throughout the year here in Philadelphia. All images courtesy MM & Co Print Shop FLEXIBLE PRINT PRODUCTION Amber Bowie, owner of a custom T-shirt and sticker business, tells all Ginny Mumm is a freelance consultant for Roland DGA.

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